One win away from the World Series, the Cubs set their lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
The big surprise is Albert Almora Jr. in right field with Jason Heyward and Jorge Soler on the bench against Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher on the planet.
Soler is 0-for-8 during the postseason with a pair of walks and three strikeouts while appearing in six games.
Heyward is only 2-for-28 (.071 AVG) and has only reached base once (on a hit by pitch) in the last four NLCS games while going 0-for-13 in that span.
Almora is also hitless this postseason - in six at-bats - but is an excellent fielder and laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the Cubs' Game 5 victory.
Here is the rest of the Cubs' lineup behind Kyle Hendricks:
1. Dexter Fowler - CF
2. Kris Bryant - 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Ben Zobrist - LF
5. Javy Baez - 2B
6. Willson Contreras - C
7. Addison Russell - SS
8. Albert Almora Jr. - RF
9. Kyle Hendricks - P
The Cubs notched just two hits and did not score in seven innings against Kershaw in Game 2 at Wrigley Field. Baez and Contreras collected the only two singles in that game.
The Cubs offense has scored 18 runs the last two games after being shut out for both Games 2 and 3.
With a win, the Cubs would punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.
As if the possibility of clinching their first National League pennant in 71 years didn't create enough drama and excitement in Wrigleyville, the Cubs have sent Kyle Schwarber to the Arizona Fall League, hoping he can add another chapter to his October legend.
Schwarber earned this chance after beating every expectation in his recovery from major knee surgery in April. The Cubs haven't ruled anything in or out - and still need to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers one more time - but they want to see how he responds on Saturday with the Mesa Solar Sox and then decide if he would be a viable designated-hitter option for the World Series.